Ramblings: European Youngsters, Kostin, and Quinn Hughes

Cam Robinson



While we anxiously await the conclusion of the NHL preseason, the rest of the world has been playing meaningful games for some time. There have been more than a few youngsters who have been witnessing early success as well. 


Nils Lundkvist

The Rangers first-rounder has been making statements all over the place early on this season. At the Champions Hockey League tournament, the 19-year-old currently sits tied for the team-lead in points with four in as many games. He also leads the team in shots on goal (11) while skating 20:13 per game on the top pairing and top power-play unit. 


Back in club play, things have been going equally well for the Lulea defender. While the shot generation is down, the smooth-skater has posted four assists in five contests while skating over 22 minutes a game. 


Lundkvist loves to activate into the rush – often providing his squad with numbers as a result. Here’s a look at his helper from September 26. Notice the puck control while his head remains up assessing the play. This kid’s head is always up. 




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